Too melodramatic to say that the Giants ace pitches tonight vs. the Astros with the NL Cy Young on the line?
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Two Words For You:
As the Marlins and Phillies battle
head-to-head in a virtual NL Wild Card playoff,
what's wrong with this picture:
Thanks to MLB's ridiculous rule that teams from
the same division can't play each other in the
Division Series, if the Braves end with the NL's best
record, they won't get the presumed benefit of playing
the Wild Card team (let's say Fla or Phi).
Atlanta's reward for having the best season?
Facing either the Cubs' or Astros' formidable
short-series pitching staffs -- certainly better than
Philly's or Florida's.
Forget the logical-but-flawed 1-to-4 re-seeding idea: Let the team with the best record pick its Division Series opponent from the remaining three teams. Who wants to face Prior and Wood in a best-of-5?
Broncos: Smoke, Mirrors?
Forgive if I don't jump on the Broncos
bandwagon just yet: Revitalized Jake Plummer is a
treat to watch, but last night's 31-10 stomping on
Oakland did more to expose the Raiders as has-beens
(and confirm Rich Gannon as a walking anger-management
problem) than establish the Broncos as contenders.
Stink of schedule: Denver has also beaten the
Bengals and the Chargers (combined 0-6). Let's reserve judgment
until Week 5, when the Broncos play at Kansas
Brian Urlacher was seen macking with Paris
Hilton in Vegas this weekend, the New York Post's
Page Six blabs this morning. So apparently only
the Bears' offense can't score this season.
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|THE SET-UP: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR TODAY|
1 Phillies at Marlins: Millwood vs. Willis. Here we go|
2 NL Central watch: Giants at Astros, Cubs at Reds
3 AL Wild Card watch: Red Sox host O's; M's at Angels
|THE SIT-DOWN: DROP THESE FROM YOUR HOT LIST|
1 Barry Larkin's Reds career: Rejects sickly 1-year deal|
2 Texas football's media boycott: As if we missed them ...
3 Florida QB rotation: Embattled Zook to start frosh Leak
MAC: Morning After
It's early in the party, you're drunk
and you've met a hottie: It's September, and
the MAC is knocking off all these big names in
non-conference games. Let's go up to my
Now it's the morning after, you roll over and --
yikes! -- what the heck did you go home with?
That's the MAC once it ramps up the league play.
And now your friends are laughing at you.
Unfortunately, the MAC elite can't play a full
season against BCS teams: Marshall, Toledo, et al
hold our interest as lovely Cinderellas; playing
against each other, the matchups turn back into dogs.
Guess the NFL's reaction to meeting with
Maurice's lawyers last night:
(A) Sympathic laughter
(B) Mocking laughter
(C) Annoyed laughter
(D) Uneasy laughter
Worst. Team. Ever.
Any race for "all-time" status becomes
must-see -- even if it's "all time" for
The Tigers "magic number" is 3: That would be
three games (with six remaining) to break the '62 Mets
modern record of 120 losses (broke AL record 118 last
If Detroit can eke out an oh-fer-finish, we'll
throw in the "worst-ever" title for free.
It has been an awkwardly long time without a Blazers run-in with police: Ticketed for driving with a suspended license and without insurance.
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